New law increases pay for New Jersey election workers

A new law designed to support county boards of elections in their recruitment of staffers for polling places will increase pay for New Jersey’s election workers.

Governor Phil Murphy last week signed legislation (A208/S1290) that will raise the compensation of election workers from $200 per day to $300 per day and appropriate $7 million to the New Jersey Department of State.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, co-sponsored the legislation in the State Senate along with Senators Shirley Turner, D-Mercer, and James Beach, D-Camden, who were the bill’s primary sponsors.   

Assemblymembers Rob Karabinchak, Kevin Rooney and Raj Mukherji were primary sponsors of the bill in the Assembly.

“Election workers play an essential role in keeping our elections open, fair and secure,” Diegnan said. “This increase in compensation is well deserved.”

The $100 pay increase applies to those working the polls each time a primary election, general election, or any special election is held.

“Election workers play a critical role in ensuring that New Jerseyans may exercise their right to vote,” Murphy said. “I am proud to sign legislation that will repay them for their commitment to ensuring that our elections process remains a model for the nation.

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